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Planning A Garden Party

Planning A Garden Party

It seems like only yesterday that the chill of winter had sunk its teeth into our beloved gardens, rendering them cold and barren. However, spring is well and truly here and as we settle into June most of us have already put in the hard work and elbow grease of getting our gardens spring ready and are now getting ready to enjoy the explosions of warmth, color and scent that come with the summer. The summer is the perfect time to reap the fruits of your labors (literally if you’re growing food in your garden) and spend some relaxing and emotionally nourishing time alone with your own little slice of nature’s bounty. But then, you ponder, it’d be selfish to keep such a wonderful garden all to myself.… Read Full Post
Creating Privacy for Overlooked Gardens

Creating Privacy for Overlooked Gardens

When looking for a new home, outside space is often high on the list of priorities. Nothing’s worse than not being able to get out in nature when the sun’s shining.  It can be all the more devastating when you have an overlooked garden that you don’t use. It might have been half of the reason you bought that house, but you feel as though there are eyes on you every time you step outside. Before you know it, that back door stays shut all year round, and the lawn you paid so much for goes to waste. It’s a terrible truth, but a reality that many of us face, particularly in built-up areas. Whether your neighbors are nosy or not, the mere fact that they could see everything may be enough to put you off.… Read Full Post
DIY Backyard Gardening Ideas for Kids 

DIY Backyard Gardening Ideas for Kids 

I am happy to share this article on DIY gardening ideas for kids by Tom Graham of the Yard and Garden Guru. Now is the time to start thinking about fun projects to get your little ones excited about gardening for the summer. Tom shares several easy projects to inspire you and your children for the coming months.  Do you have a favorite gardening idea for kids? Let us hear about it below! Gardening Ideas for Kids The growing season is well and indeed upon us, and parents aim to get their kids outside more instead of playing on electronic gadgets all day. The question parents are faced with is how to entice kids outside and come up with gardening ideas for kids to enjoy.… Read Full Post
How to Create a Multilevel Garden

How to Create a Multilevel Garden

Gardening on a hill can be quite a challenge, but if you can create multiple levels out of the hill it will be a lot easier. This is a very simple process in theory but it will take a lot of effort in practice. Though you could do this yourself, you might be better off asking a landscape designer like Allen Outdoor Solutions to help you work out where best to put each layer and how to create a flowing garden. You should certainly have a clear plan of what you are going to do before you start working so that you don’t waste your efforts digging! The first thing to do is start planning what you are going to do with your garden.… Read Full Post
How to Apply Fertilizer to Potted Plants

How to Apply Fertilizer to Potted Plants

Plants need sufficient nutrients regardless of where you grow them. Many homeowners prefer growing them on the ground while others prefer using containers or pots. In the case of the latter, certain things should be taken into consideration. Here’s our guide on how to apply fertilizer to potted plants this spring.  Use Potting Media at the Start  The three primary elements that any plant needs to grow well are nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. What’s special about potted plants compared to those grown on the ground is that they require more soil nutrients. Likewise, these container plants do not have a huge source of soil to utilize in the first place.  We highly recommend a commercial potting media as a start. This product typically contains sufficient fertilizer to feed the newly grown plant with the three nutrients for nearly a month.… Read Full Post
Three Ways to Clean Up Your Garden

Three Ways to Clean Up Your Garden

We all want our homes to look just as beautiful on the outside as they do on the inside. Maybe you’re planning on selling your home and want to improve the value. Perhaps you’ve just moved into a new place and need to get the yard up to your standards. You might have been in your home for a while, but have decided you want to get outside and enjoy your garden more- either way, giving it a tidy up is worthwhile. It will create a good impression to guests or buyers, or will create a pleasant environment to spend time if you want a nice garden for yourself. Here are some of the things that can bring down the look of a garden and easy ways to clean them up this spring. … Read Full Post
Choosing The Perfect Water Feature For Your Garden

Choosing The Perfect Water Feature For Your Garden

Spring is well and truly upon us and though many are currently enjoying the burst of color and vivacity afforded by the season, we’re also looking forward to the summer. It is, after all, in those warm summer months that our gardens feel more mature, more grown in and at their most visually spectacular. This is the time of year so many seasoned gardeners look forward to, when the fruits of the winters’ labor and planning pay off and we have months of relaxing in beautiful surroundings to look forward to. Yet, while most of us will be content to enjoy our sunny mornings sipping coffee and basking in the sun as the grass of the lawn gently caresses our toes, there are some for whom this is the year when their garden gets a little added wow factor.… Read Full Post
Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? There’s a Solution

Tired Of Mowing Your Lawn? There’s a Solution

For many gardeners, mowing the lawn is one of the jobs they hate the most. It’s a very laborious job that can be quite hard going if your lawnmower is heavy to push around. Plus, it needs to be done on a very regular basis, especially during the hot summer months. Once we are at the end of April, it often becomes necessary to mow the lawn once a week to keep on top of the excess growth. It won’t slow down until the end of September – so that’s a lot of hard work throughout the summer! Have you had enough of your lawn? No problem; there are ways you can deal with it, or just remove it from your garden altogether.… Read Full Post
Garden Ideas To Make Your Neighbors Go Green With Envy

Garden Ideas To Make Your Neighbors Go Green With Envy

Have you ever gazed in envy at your neighbor’s lawn? If they have an immaculate display of color and wildlife that puts your humble garden into shame by comparison, you are probably jealous of the hard work they have obviously put into their creation. Sighing wearily, you resign yourself to the fact that they are clearly better gardeners than you, and you return indoors to make yourself a drink. If only you had what they had! Well, guess what? You can. It’s relatively easy to make a good-looking garden (so stop procrastinating), and with a little bit of work, you can make your neighbors go green with envy for a change. To get you started, take a look at the ideas below and transform your garden area into something special.… Read Full Post
Unique water features

Unique water features

I love water features. Unique water features are usually what sticks in my mind after visiting a garden and the gardens of Buffalo are no different.   As I sit at home on this cold (winter?) day, I am looking back fondly at the photos of beautiful private gardens in Buffalo, New York from last August. You want to see great, creative gardens?  Go visit Buffalo for their Garden Walk this summer! Possibly my favorite, the photo below shows this great large fountain, probably 4 feet tall, with a hidden basin underneath and a recirculating pump. I have no idea how the hole was drilled through to contain the plumbing, or if this is possibly a faux stone, but it definitely is a water feature I would want in my garden.… Read Full Post

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